Wildlife Awareness and Safety
Whether you are an avid outdoorsman or woman, or prefer to stay in the city sipping a cappuccino on a patio, wildlife is all around. Where once we relied on cities to keep the barrier between us and other species, wildlife awareness is now more important than ever as we are finding many species have successfully adapted to our surroundings. And, with more animals, comes more risk of attack and exposure to disease.
For pet owners, the presence of wildlife can create risky situations when walking pets or even allowing them outdoors. Common urban dwellers, such as coyotes, skunks, and raccoons, are responsible for an increased presence of diseases like rabies and predation in and around cities.
Keeping Wildlife Out of the Yard
The best approach to avoiding a potential wildlife encounter with your pet is to deter them from wanting to hang out around your home or yard.
Coyotes will prey on cats and small dogs. Raccoons may ‘nest’ in an open chimney, bringing fleas, lice, and other parasites into the home. And, skunks – common carriers of rabies – will scavenge for food around trash bins. You may have already experienced some of these things.
To protect your family and your pet, follow these basic prevention tips:
Wildlife Awareness When Hiking, Camping, or Recreating Outdoors
Since the weather is so beautiful in the autumn, a lot of us like to take our canine companions out to nature preserves and parks to enjoy some fresh air and fun. But, these areas are also home to many more species, along with some diseases, such as Lyme disease, leptospirosis, and heartworm.
Before turning our attention to wildlife encounters – remember, it is sometimes those tiny foes, like mosquitoes, ticks, and infected water or soil that can bring more risks to your dog. Talk to the Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital about how to keep your pet protected from parasitic illnesses, if he or she is not currently vaccinated and on a parasite preventative.
Other wildlife awareness tips include:
Autumn is a wonderful time to be active outdoors with your pet. To protect him from wildlife and illnesses common to outdoor exposure, practice these safety tips.
And, enjoy the beautiful fall weather!
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